Ben Buswell at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University

Ben Buswell, Shifting Practice, 2015

The Art Gym is the recipient of three Regional Arts & Culture Council project grants, directly and indirectly, to support exhibitions in the gallery in 2015.

Benjamin Buswell, solo exhibition
February 17 – March 27, 2015
RACC Project Grant $5,007

Excerpt from Buswell’s project description:
A major new work (16′ x 24′ embellished photograph) will undulate across the floor of The Art Gym, anchoring the show. This installation will be contextualized through a myriad of new sculptural objects and other physically manipulated photographs. This exhibition will be my most ambitious to date and will be my first opportunity to create an installation work that is much larger than human scale. The opportunity offered me by The Art Gym is rare in its scale and will give me a greater understanding of how my work communicates.

Heidi Schwegler. mid-career retrospective
April 7 – May 15, 2015
RACC Project Grant $6,000

Excerpt from Schwegler’s project description:
I have been offered a mid‐career show at The Art Gym… [featuring] mostly past work with a few pieces not yet fabricated. Coinciding with the show, I am including an artist book which will live on, not just as documentation but as an extension of the exhibition. I am applying for this grant to help fund the remaking of a few significant pieces and to fabricate new work and portions of the artist book. I will be offering a few internships to OCAC students to help with the fabrication of work, and The Art Gym will provide 3 to 4 Marylhurst art students during the install ‐ both of which are excellent professional practice opportunities.

Kartz Ucci, retrospective
Fall 2015 [exact dates TBD]
RACC Project Grant $5,700

Excerpt from The Art Gym’s project description:
The Art Gym will present a large retrospective exhibition of the work of Kartz Ucci in the fall of 2015. This talented and prolific artist passed away last year at 52 years of age. This exhibition will celebrate her digital, text, sound and installation art. Ucci joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2004 and taught art and digital arts in Eugene and at the White Stag campus in Portland. Ucci’s work was included in the Portland Biennial in 2010, and it has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in California, Oregon, Washington and in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Project Grant Program provides financial support to Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County not-for-profit organizations and individual artists for project-based arts programming. Grants are awarded up to $6,000 and are available in three categories: artistic focus, community participation and arts-in-schools.

The mission of The Art Gym is to increase public understanding of contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through thoughtfully organized exhibitions, publications and public discussions. The exhibition program is an integral part of Marylhurst’s Department of Art & Interior Design, which serves art and interior design majors, students preparing for graduate studies in art therapy, and interdisciplinary majors with a focus in art.